Keep an Eye on Tomasz Drwal

Tomasz Drwal

Saturday night's Ultimate Fighter Finale featured five televised fights, three of which won co-Fight of the Night honors and the other two which crowned the winners of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. So there wasn't much time left over to talk about the fights that didn't make the Spike TV broadcast.

But you can watch those non-televised fights on UFC.com, and after watching the undercard online I think it's worth mentioning one fighter in particular: Tomasz Drwal, who beat Mike Ciesnolevicz by first-round technical knockout.

Drwal spent most of the fight battering Ciesnolevicz with his hard punches, but it was actually Drwal getting Ciesnolevicz into a muay Thai clinch and landing a brutal knee to Ciesnolevicz's nose that finished the fight with just 12 seconds left in the round. It was a very, very impressive showing.

The 27-year-old Drwal is now 16-2 in his professional MMA career with 10 wins by knockout or TKO, and four wins by submission. The Ciesnolevicz fight was actually his second first-round knockout of 2009; he also knocked out Ivan Serati in the first round of their undercard fight at UFC 93.

Prior to that, Drwal was going through a rough patch: he lost to Thiago Silva at UFC 75 in September of 2007, and then he missed 15 months of action because of a knee injury. Now he's back to full strength, and I think he's a light heavyweight worth keeping an eye on. I look forward to seeing what he does next.

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